Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF ZOOM meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. (Please NOTE that advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Raul Rojas
Raul Rojas
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus,  Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education has temporarily suspended most face-to-face classes.  CTF will be meeting virtually using ZOOM.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT to begin the registration process for the next event by clicking the registration button below.  You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a Wake Tech email. The registration process will be complete once we receive your HRD fee waiver form from your Wake Tech email.

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Maureen Sanchez at [email protected].  You may contact Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning CTF or Human Resources Development (HRD). 

View other fee-waived classes available if you are furloughed, unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending lay-off.  We are now offering ONLINE classes!  Welcome!

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Schedule of Events  

Jan 14 | Do Things - Tell People! | Deb Oronzio

Discover, articulate, express, and build your personal brand online.  Learn the “what and where” of sharing your strengths so that employers can see what you can offer them.  This valuable workshop is also for those with relatively well-established presence.  Come and learn how branding can serve as a refresher with new ideas and practical advice on how to improve.  You’re doing incredible things, but are you telling people?  Don’t leave it up to someone else to tell your story.

Jan 21 | Goal-Setting & Habit-Building | Rachel Cox

Come find out what you can do to streamline your job search while you are in transition.  Rachel Cox will teach you how to build good habits in transition – in anticipation of successfully landing the job that is best for you!

Rachel’s strength is cultivating and developing people.  Her ability to identify a person’s strengths and opportunities and her willingness to train and coach assisted several people to grow both personally and professionally.  Rachel’s focus is on people first and she is always willing to use her network to help someone find their true passion.  She has been a Coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source for over seven years and has helped many people find their future.

Jan 28 | Hands-On Practicum | Deb Oronzio

Feb 4 | Maximize Your Engagement with Recruiters| Ben Wiant, Founder, The 3-Doors Job Search

Feb 11 | Purposeful Networking | Vickie Bevenour 

Vickie is a Leadership Strategist, Executive Coach, and Author. She has written a book called “Unleash Your Inner Leader: An Executive Coach Tells All.” She provides coaching and customized programming to the MBA programs within Duke, Columbia, and NC State.

Feb 18 | No CTF Meeting - See You Next Week!

Feb 25 | Career Transition with LinkedIn | Debra Mathias 

This seminar is a must for anyone in transition.  Join LinkedIn expert Debra Mathias to learn about LinkedIn profile optimization, group marketing, posting, marketing and promotion, how to use the LinkedIn Dashboard – and more!  In this seminar, Debra will give you a broad overview of LinkedIn, designed to help you make the most of this platform while in transition.

Debra Mathias has over 30 years of sales, marketing, promotions, branding and sales management experience. As president of Connect to Clients and a LinkedIn trainer and coach for over 7 years Debra brings her strategic actionable approach to everyone from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Her dedication to the success of others is what sets her career apart. Applying her LinkedIn strategies gives companies and individuals the toolkit they need to succeed in social media marketing. 
 

Location: 
(currently meeting in Zoom)
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!
CTF LinkedIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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